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Best Under Armour Sports Bras Reviewed & Rated for Support

last updated Mar 08, 2019

There are the durable, there are the comfortable, there are the powerful, and then there’s Under Armour. When it comes to top quality sports equipment and clothing, Under Armour has pretty much everyone else in the game beat. Their shoes are faster and provide more support. Their pants breathe excellently while still retaining their tight nature. Their shirts wick off any sweat and keep a nice cool breeze running through you. So, what do their sports bras do? All of the above. And more. Under Armour does a lot right, and we mean a lot, but their sports bras are where they’re really famous. Sure, there are other clothing lines in the sports outfitting business that do things better than Under Armour in specific areas, but Under Armour has them all beat in sports bras.

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 Eclipse Heather
97.5/100 our score
Comfort
97.2
Overall Fit
98
Support
96.7
Style
99
Value
96.7
Eclipse Heather
Why is it better?

Strategic support

Super breathable

Affordable price range

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#1
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
97.5
Comfort
97.2%
Overall Fit
98%
Support
96.7%
Style
99%
Value
96.7%
Price Comparison Last Updated (21.03.19)
$39.99
#2
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
96
Comfort
97.2%
Overall Fit
95%
Support
94.7%
Style
96%
Value
97%
Price Comparison Last Updated (21.03.19)
$24.99
#3
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
94.4
Comfort
93%
Overall Fit
94.7%
Support
92.7%
Style
95%
Value
96.7%
Price Comparison Last Updated (21.03.19)
$34.99
#4
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
90.9
Comfort
91%
Overall Fit
92.7%
Support
89%
Style
93%
Value
88.7%
Price Comparison Last Updated (21.03.19)
$53.01
#5
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
87.7
Comfort
89%
Overall Fit
87.8%
Support
90%
Style
86%
Value
85.6%
Price Comparison Last Updated (21.03.19)
$29.99
#6
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
84.7
Comfort
86%
Overall Fit
84%
Support
83.9%
Style
84.7%
Value
85%
Price Comparison Last Updated (21.03.19)
$25.60
#7
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
81.7
Comfort
84%
Overall Fit
81.7%
Support
80%
Style
79.7%
Value
83%
Price Comparison Last Updated (21.03.19)
$29.31
#8
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
77.8
Comfort
79%
Overall Fit
77%
Support
76.9%
Style
80%
Value
76%
Price Comparison Last Updated (21.03.19)
$30.58
#9
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
76
Comfort
79%
Overall Fit
78%
Support
71%
Style
76.9%
Value
75%
Price Comparison Last Updated (21.03.19)
$34.63
#10
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
73.8
Comfort
73%
Overall Fit
71%
Support
75%
Style
73.9%
Value
76%
Price Comparison Last Updated (21.03.19)
$40.00
In Depth Review Top 10
  • Eclipse Heather
  • Low
  • Crossback Mid
  • Eclipse High Impact
  • Strappy
  • Seamless Streaky
  • Eclipse Low Impact
  • High
  • Breathe
  • Vanish Mid
Table of contents
  • Criteria Used for Evaluation
  • Other Factors to Consider
  • Frequently Asked Questions
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Top 10 Picks

1. Eclipse Heather

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
97.5
 Eclipse Heather
Comfort
97.2
Overall Fit
98
Support
96.7
Style
99
Value
96.7
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$39.99
Pros:

Strategic support

Super breathable

Affordable price range

Cons:

Only for B cups and smaller

Out of all of the Under Armour Sports Bras we could find, we just couldn’t put anything else but this one at the top of the billing. When it comes to comfort and support, we simply couldn’t put this one anywhere else.

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Strategic support

Some activities require more support than others, and some require less. This bra is meant for the middle road, medium impact activities. These activities include weight training, cycling, and boxing. These give you just enough support to do those activities comfortably, without being too restrictive.

Super breathable

The main thing to look for in a sports bra besides support is breathing. Because otherwise, your endurance is going to run out very quickly when the heat really starts setting high-quality this bra is made with high quality power mesh lining that keeps good support while also breathing in a comfortable capacity.

Cost and Value

Like most clothing out there, this sports bra comes in varying sizes and thus, varying prices. The price range for this sports bra is actually rather reasonable, all things considered, especially when you take into account how many sizes it comes in.

2. Low

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
96
 Low
Comfort
97.2
Overall Fit
95
Support
94.7
Style
96
Value
97
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$24.99
Pros:

Smooth double layer

Ultra skinny

Very fair price range

Cons:

A-C cups only

Coming in second place is the Under Armour Low Bra. Smaller chested but still need that extra support when jogging? Then this is about as perfect a sports bra as you can find. This bra is particularly good for when you’re interested in low impact activities such as hiking, yoga, and pilates. So what else can this bra do? Let’s find out.

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Smooth double layer

The drawback for seeking extra protection is that it can make wearing a sports bra uncomfortable because of the added mass. However, we really like the in between that this bra found, managing to walk the tightrope between being multilayered and protective, while also being smooth and comfy really well. And the sweetheart neckline is an added bonus for those of you who want to get in shape and look awesome while doing it.

Ultra skinny

You’ll practically feel like you’re wearing nothing at all when you put this on, which may feel awkward at first. However, once you get used to it, the added sense of freedom given by the ultra skinny material and the minimalist back strap detail will make working out in this feel amazing.

Cost and Value

We go from a reasonable price range to a downright amazing price range. This is one of the fairest price ranges on this entire list, giving you one of the best Under Armour sports bras out there for a very fair sum.

3. Crossback Mid

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
94.4
 Crossback Mid
Comfort
93
Overall Fit
94.7
Support
92.7
Style
95
Value
96.7
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$34.99
Pros:

Jacquard elastic band

Second skin compression

Cheap in smaller sizes

Cons:

Obscenely expensive in larger sizes

This is the design that most people think of when they think of the term sports bra. Modest in its design, while still allowing enough skin for maximum exposure to the air. However, there’s a lot more going on under the proverbial hood, which we will now demonstrate.

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Jacquard elastic band

One of Under Armour’s secret weapons when it comes to their sports bras is the Jacquard elastic band. Like other sports bras, Under Armour’s comes with a strong elastic band that keeps the bra firmly in place and supporting the bust. However, the Jacquard manages to do this while eliminating a vast majority of the discomfort the competition has to deal with.

Second skin compression

If what you’re looking for out of your sports bra is compression, then this is the one for you. The compression for this sports bra is so strong, they gave it its own categorization: second skin fit. You will experience absolutely no discomfort from wearing this bra while working out, leaving you free to focus on your workout.

Cost and Value

And just like that, we go from one of the best price ranges on this list to one of the steepest, bar none. While perfectly affordable in smaller sizes, this sports bra will drain your wallet like a leech the higher in size it goes. However, regardless of which side of the spectrum you buy, you are guaranteed to get what you pay for.

4. Eclipse High Impact

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
90.9
 Eclipse High Impact
Comfort
91
Overall Fit
92.7
Support
89
Style
93
Value
88.7
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$53.01
Pros:

Full zip front

Built-in cups

Unique open back design

Cons:

Restrictive, not to be worn casually

Whereas other entries were all about more casual activities such as boxing, yoga, pilates and so forth, this, as the name implies, is a high impact bra. This is not one for lounging around, this is a sports bra that expects to be put through the wringer when you use it. So, with that said, let’s look closer.

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Full zip front

While many love sports bras for the fact that you don’t need to wrestle with an obnoxious clasp and can just pull the thing up over your head and be done with it, others find that annoying in its own special way. Which is why many sports bras deny either approach and simply go for a full front zipper that can be reached with ease.

Built in cups

Of course, for a sports bra that’s meant for such heavy duty workouts, it makes sense that you would need that extra bit of support. Which is why this bra sews in the cups into its material, allowing for that vital extra bit of control and support when working out.

Cost and Value

High impact sports bras have a nasty habit of costing way more than their lighter duty counterparts, which only makes sense. This bra is made from higher quality material and has to include features that make it more durable. Of course, the price range for this one is higher.

5. Strappy

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
87.7
 Strappy
Comfort
89
Overall Fit
87.8
Support
90
Style
86
Value
85.6
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$29.99
Pros:

HeatGear Fabric

Removable cups

Incredibly comfy to wear

Cons:

Runs a bit small

Dialling things back a bit, we return to low impact sports bras, meant for lighter duty activities. And while that means it’s nowhere near as durable and supportive as the previous entry, it also means it’s cheaper and has room for more creative implementations.

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HeatGear fabric

Like the previous lightweight sports bra on this list, it manages to find the right balance between smoothness and comfort and double-layered protection from the elements. But where this one diverges is through its use of HeatGear fabric, which despite its name, makes the fabric feel lighter and thinner than it actually is, delivering a superior breathable feeling.

Removable cups

The difference in how lighter duty sports bras handle their cups compared to how the heavier duty ones do so is that the cups on the lighter duty ones are removable. This brings with it many perks, not the least of which being that if you don’t need to exercise but want to wear it for the comfortable fabric for a long plane flight, you can just remove the cups and enjoy it for what it is, without nearly as much restraint on the bust.

Cost and Value

While the price range for this bra is much, much fairer than the previous entry, that is not a hard hurdle to cross. So, if you need this sports bra in larger sizes, you’ll end up still paying quite a bit for the privilege.

6. Seamless Streaky

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
84.7
 Seamless Streaky
Comfort
86
Overall Fit
84
Support
83.9
Style
84.7
Value
85
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$25.60
Pros:

Adjustable back

Soft, removable cups

Affordable price range

Cons:

Could use a larger size option

This is the kind of sports bra that you’re likely just to put on even when you aren’t doing anything that day and just wear it around the house. This is incredibly comfortable to wear a sports bra, whether you’re on the treadmill or on the couch. Now let’s find out why that is.

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Adjustable back

One of the main contributors to discomfort when wearing a sports bra is the back. Most sports bras go for the wire strap design for the back of their bras, so when you do so, it’s best to make sure that those wire straps don’t dig into the wearer’s skin while they’re jogging. Fortunately, if the straps of this bra are giving you trouble, don’t worry, as they’re completely adjustable to fit your comfort level.

Soft, removable cups

The cups on this bra are much softer and easier to deal with for long periods of time than those of other Under Armour Bras, however, even if you still don’t really like light-duty can be removed like all light duty sports bras. So, between this and the adjustable straps, this is a sports bra that’s specially designed to be adjustable to fit your comfort.

Cost and Value

While still pricey, the price range on this sports bra is actually a lot more reasonable than the last one. While you’ll still end up paying a good bit, it isn’t an unreasonable amount on either end.

7. Eclipse Low Impact

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
81.7
 Eclipse Low Impact
Comfort
84
Overall Fit
81.7
Support
80
Style
79.7
Value
83
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$29.31
Pros:

StudioLux fabric

Sweat-Wicking

Very reasonable price range

Cons:

Straps could stand to be more comfortable

This is, as the name implies, the opposite end of the spectrum from the Eclipse High Impact Bra. When it comes to sports bras by Under Armour, the Eclipse line is definitely one of their best, and this is one of the finest examples of that fact.

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StudioLux fabric

Just because you’re wearing these to work out doesn’t mean you shouldn’t feel as comfortable as you can be while doing it. Which is why this bra is made from one of Under Armour’s other secret weapons, StudioLux fabric. StudioLux fabric is one of the softest fabrics on the sports bra market right now, and yet it provides just as much support as any other fabric out there. So, if you need extra support but with a soft, luxurious feeling to boot, this is the sports bra for you.

Sweat wicking

This is the most important thing for any sports bra to get right; wicking sweat and drying. You are going to sweat your sports bra until it is sopping wet, especially those first few times where you aren’t quite used to working out yet. It’s inevitable, so you need a sports bra that will be able to handle it. Which is why this sports bra is made to be able to wick away moisture and dry twice as fast as other sports bras of its kind.

Cost and Value

Lo and behold, we get the first truly reasonable price range since the opening three entries. Indeed, this sports bra is incredibly affordable in its price range, giving you more than enough breathing room with the price in exchange for one of the best sports bras in Under Armour’s library.

8. High

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
77.8
 High
Comfort
79
Overall Fit
77
Support
76.9
Style
80
Value
76
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$30.58
Pros:

Gel-lined straps

Soft moulded cups

Full textured mesh back panel

Cons:

Can be difficult to get in and out of for some

Once more, we have a heavy duty, high impact bra meant for more physically strenuous activities such as court sports, running, aerobics, and field sports. But as we go through this entry, you’ll find that it has quite a few differences from the previous high impact bra we showcased. Allow us to elaborate.

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Gel-lined straps

Many sports bras have various strategies for dealing with the potential discomfort that can come from the back straps of a sports bra. Out of all of them, we like this one the best. Instead of making them adjustable and hoping that makes them easier to wear, this bra lines the straps with gel pockets that are incredibly soft to the touch, making them much more comfortable to deal with. Sometimes the simple solution is the best solution.

Soft molded cups

Like before, the cups of this sports bra are built into the bra structure, as opposed to being removable, as is standard procedure for these high impact bras. But the cups for this sports bra, in particular, are very soft molded and comfortable to wear. So even though you have no choice in having cups in your sports bra, at least they’re perfectly comfy.

Cost and Value

As usual, a higher impact bra is a much pricier product than its lower impact siblings. However, the price range of this high impact bra is much more reasonable than the last time around. And arguably more comfortable to wear to boot.

9. Breathe

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
76
 Breathe
Comfort
79
Overall Fit
78
Support
71
Style
76.9
Value
75
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$34.63
Pros:

Enhanced range of motion

Low profile, stay-put fit

Smooth triple-layer HeatGear Construction

Cons:

Not a lot of stretch, making putting the bra on a pain for some

We return once more to the medium impact bras, meant for sports such as boxing or cycling. This is a sports bra dogmatically dedicated to the pursuit of giving you as much flexibility as possible while wearing it. So, it makes sense to start off with the following entry.

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Enhanced range of motion

Sports bras are great for many reasons, but if you misjudge which size or even what type of sports bra is good for you, then you may find yourself unable to move as freely as you would in even a normal non-sports bra. Thankfully, this sports bra comes with a skinny strap racer back with a racer back design to make it as freeing and easy to move around in as a sports bra can reasonably be.

Low profile, stay-put fit

Generally speaking, especially for these lighter duty sports bras, you aren’t looking for the tightest compression bra under the sun. You just need a sports bra to keep your bust in place, and it doesn’t take a whole lot to do that. Which is why the Breathe just uses a super soft elastic band to give you a nice, stay put fit for your sports bra that won’t make you feel like you’re being choked around the chest.

Cost and Value

This sports bra comes in at a very average price for a sports bra of such high quality. You may have to pay something of a pretty penny if you need a larger sized model, but it shouldn’t be too much.

10. Vanish Mid

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
73.8
 Vanish Mid
Comfort
73
Overall Fit
71
Support
75
Style
73.9
Value
76
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$40.00
Pros:

Silky performance fabric

Fixed performance foam pads

Unique open back design

Cons:

Pricey

As the name implies, the main attraction to this bra is meant to be that it is so comfortable, you’ll hardly even notice that you’re wearing this mid-impact bra, even as you’re using it. So, let’s see how our final entry lives up to the hype.

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Silky performance fabric

This is one of the softest, comfiest bras on this entire list. And much of that comes from the silky fabric used in much of the construction, cleverly infused with the usual blend of elastane and polyester. This bra will give you maximum support and stretch, without sacrificing an inch of support. And on top of that, the silky fabrics added in makes it very quick to dry.

Fixed performance foam pads

In lieu of going for the traditional cups usually found in these sports bras, this bra goes instead for a pair of fixed performance foam pads. The benefit is that more support and coverage is provided, without taking away from the breathability of this sports bra.

Cost and Value

The problem with this sports bra is the price. So far, we’ve seen obscenely expensive higher ends, while the lower ends were actually fairly affordable, bordering on cheap. However, in this case, both sides of the spectrum are expensive.

Criteria Used for Evaluation

Fit

No sports bra is going to fit every woman who needs one, that’s just not how clothes in general work. Women have different bust sizes and differences between even those same bust sizes, all of which need their own sports bra to address. But despite this, there are overlaps that you can make. Sports bras are, after all, fairly stretchy and flexible, able to be stretched out to meet what would be otherwise unthinkable for any other kind of bra to handle. Which, of course, makes this somehow trickier. We ended up having to alter our criteria for this one somewhat, instead focusing on how many different bust sizes each entry could comfortably fit without any discomfort felt on the part of the wearer. Judging by this metric made it a lot easier to figure things out.

Style

Different styles of sports bras have different effects on the wearer, and some women will prefer one style over the other. However, we should at least go over the three different types for those still uninformed.

Racerback: This is a design you’re most likely to find in sports bras on average, as this is considered the closest thing to a default setting for sports bra designs. And it’s easy to see why, as the most common thing you’re likely to do while wearing a sports bra is jogging, and a racerback design is perfect for that, and also other sports such as yoga or hiking.

Tank top: This is the runner up for the most popular kind of sports bra out there. These are recognizable by the wide straps on the back and shoulders, which help to redistribute weight. A tank top bra is also commonly found to be the most padded of the sports bras.

Pullover: Finally, there’s the pullover bra. This one is defined by the amount of stretch they provide, which far outclasses the other two types. It’s because of this stretch that the pullover got its name since it’s the type of sports bra that you’re meant to remove by pulling over your head.

Value

Our final criteria were the price. Now, this was definitely a tricky one because as we mentioned earlier, prices of sports bras tend to fluctuate with the size of said sports bra. As such, we split up this criterion into two sections. The first was what the sports bra had to offer to justify such a price, while the other was the width of the price range itself. The typical 5 size, X-small to X-large shouldn’t start in the single digits, and end in the triple is what we’re trying to convey here.

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The thing about the sports bra

Everyone is different every body is different so it's difficult to make any really broad generalizations about what to look for in a sports bra but let's keep it simple so what advice we can offer can have value. Keep it comfortable, you're not going to be nearly as excited about working out if your sports bra is too tight or just plain uncomfortable. And we know they comfortable ones exist so don't be shy about trying and don't be shy about sending products back that don't work. Second look for the support you need, depending on the impact of your workouts have enough support is going to be the other make or break element of any sports bra. Try and try again until you get what you need.

Other Factors to Consider

Breathability

The breathability of the sports bra you’re wearing all comes down to the kind of mesh panels you’re using and the kind of fabric you have surrounding those panels. Breathability is all about letting air in and out, circulating and preventing too much heat buildup. It’s vital for sports bras to breathe as much as possible, since the less air that’s circulating, the less endurance you’re going to have in the long run.

Materials

This can be considered the opposite end of the coin of breathability. Because you are going to sweat, it’s just inevitably going to happen. This is especially true for joggers, who will often be found running through the sweltering summer heat. Moisture-wicking refers to how well the fabric keeps the skin beneath it from getting too messy with sweat, as that can also play havoc on your endurance. You could have two whole hours’ worth of running left in you, but if you’re so coated in sweat that you could be mistaken for a sponge dipped in water, then you’re not going to feel like running those final miles, and more like going home and showering for the next five hours. Moisture-wicking is something that Under Armour Sports Bras pretty much have down pat as default, so you won’t generally have to worry about that with this brand. Still, it’s an all-important factor to consider when judging sports bras.

Frequently Asked Questions

q: What do the three different impacts of sports bras even mean?
a:

The impact of a sports bra basically refers to the amount of intensity the bra in question is designed for. The three impacts are as follows:

Low impact: Bras of this type are meant for low-intensity workouts. This includes yoga, Pilates, basic strength training, and so forth. These bras are defined by their basic, stretchy nature, making pullover sports bras the preferred type of bra for this level of intensity.

Medium impact: These types of bras are best suited for such sports as skiing, cycling, and boxing. These are sports which can cause a bit more discomfort and bounce for the unprotected, and thus require a bit sturdier sports bra in order to approach correctly.

High impact: Finally, there are high impact bras. These are the heavy duty bras meant for intense workout sessions, including tennis, basketball, and running instead of jogging. These sports require that there be as little bounce coming from the wearer as possible, meaning that they need to not only support but even compress your bust in order to ensure no interference.

q: Do you have any tips on taking care of a sports bra?
a:

There are plenty of ways in which you can take better care of your sports bra. For one, if you work out more than twice a week, you should plan to replace your sports bra in about 4-6 months, since it should be worn out by then. Make sure to wash your sports bras in cold water with plenty of detergent. The intense heat found in heated washing machines can break down the spandex and other synthetic fibres that the sports bra is made from. Finally, do not put your sports bra in the dryer, leave it hanging in the open air. Dryers are, of course, much hotter than washing machines, so you want to make sure that your sports bra is dried via a nice, even temperature.

q: How do I know that I need to replace my sports bra? What are the signs I should look out for?
a:

There are, of course, the usual signs, such as damage or extensive staining that won’t come out. Those are the universal signs that it’s time to look for a replacement. But for sports bras, in particular, there is one sign you definitely need to look for: lack of stretchiness. These clothes get their fame from their stretch and flexibility, so if the sports bra isn’t hanging onto you as tight as it used to and is becoming harder and harder to remove because of the lack of stretch, you should probably take that as a sure sign that it’s time to go shopping.

Sources

  1. Daily Mail, Why You Need a Sports Bra, website,
  2. Wikipedia, Sports Bra, Website,
  3. Parfait Lingerie, What's the Difference Between Low, Medium and High Impact Sports Bras, Website,